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Caveat Omnia

Integrity is a misunderstood word.  Integrity is an under-appreciated state of being.

Integrity is not honesty.  It is more than that.

What does integrity mean?

Hint:  it shares the same Latin root as the word "integer."  An integer is a whole number.

According to Oxford, integrity means:  1  the state of being whole or unified  2  soundness of construction.

Lately I have read so many blog posts where the concept of INTEGRITY was featured on the marquee.  This Realtor did a sneaky this; a bank did a sneaky that.  And the final result was disaster.

We use Latin phrases routinely in our vernacular.

Caveat emptor - buyer beware
Caveat venditor - seller beware
Caveat actor - doer beware

We hear and see the word caveat so much!

Would you permit me to create a new Latin phrase for our vernacular?

Caveat Omnia

That means -- BEWARE OF EVERYTHING

Do I mean Henny Penny paranoia where we expect that everything is coming down on our heads?  NO.

But life is such that we have to watch out for everything coming our way!  We need the attitude of "Trust, but verify."  We have to check it out, and check it out carefully - no matter what "it" is!

Think about it. 

  • Free shipping. 
  • _____________ (name your gubment program) will cost $1 trillion. 
  • Newer appliances.  Finished basement.  Completely new roof.  Maintained annually.  Chimney recently swept and inspected.  Water view. 
  • NAR reports xxx number of houses sold last quarter. 
  • Our company employees are thoroughly vetted and legal.
  • 23,000 miles on the odometer. 
  • No hidden fees.
  • Made in the USA.
  • 2-3 day priority delivery.  
  • Our journalists write their own material.
  • PG-13 -- some nudity, minor drug use, mild language, some violent scenes.
  • Unemployment went down to 8.9% and there is no inflation.

Could I go on?  YES!!

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT.

So, what do we do when it seems like everything is falling apart?

WE BE TRUE TO OURSELVES!

How is a lack of integrity defined in our minds?  By the fact that integrity exists in our minds!

If we see a circumstance that appears to lack integrity, remember, it is defined by other circumstances that HAVE integrity!

If there is a scale of bad to good, with

-10 <-----bad----> 0 <----good----> +10

and we see something we would rank as a -8, it can only be defined as such because there is something else that can be ranked as +8!

Left is defined by right.  Up is defined by down.  Over is defined by under.

A lack of integrity is defined by integrity.

The moral of the story is this:

The turkeys are everywhere - don't let the turkeys get you down!

LET'S BE TRUE TO OURSELVES AND LET THE CHIPS FALL AS THEY MAY!

AND DON'T FORGET - TRUST, BUT VERIFY!  BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY, REALLY GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE!  BE ONE OF THEM!


 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 39 commentsJay Markanich • January 02 2012 08:03AM

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As they say...you can soar with the Eagles...or grovel (or whatever it is that Turkeys do) with them...the choice is always yours....the best to you in the new year !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Thanks Sally.  One of my favorite phrases is, "Be an eagle, not a clam."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Nice post and thoughts. We have to think positively and strong and know that we can push our limits a bit in order to be successful! Good luck to you in 2012!

Posted by Jamie R. Bell, Your Central CT Realtor (Bell Realty Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NEP) over 7 years ago

Great article and philosophy.   I think we should make an acrynom for the Caveat Omnia and get it going around.   CO

I will use that.   Have a great year.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) over 7 years ago

Taking anything at face value is a risk...but often we never learn!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

A little skepticism is healthy. I see we are on similar waves this morning. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jamie - it will take that and more this year!  Thanks and have a great cruise all year long.

Thanks B&B!  And remember, put your CO detector near the source and also near the bedrooms...

Gary - look behind the curtain like Toto.  All will be revealed!

I thought so too Meester Jeem.  Like you, I have been thinking of that dark little fellow.  What a place to be in...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

You are soooo right.  Especially now, it seems like everyone is trying to make things look better.  I laugh at free shipping...it just means the cost is hidden elsewhere because someone has to pay for the shipping.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay

     I think we need to beware of being beware. It is sad that society has degraded to such a sorry state...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) over 7 years ago

Debbie - the shipping, and the second "free" one if you call in the next 20 minutes, is buried in handling and processing!  If they can ship you two of something for $9.99, then they are buying it for $2 because some 12 year old Malasian girl works for 12 cents a week.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Like the book says, Michael, the "hearts of men will wax cold."  That includes chicks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

It may be sad, but it is true.  I would rather be wary and right, than trusting and wrong.  Great post and reminder to look at all sides of anything before jumping in.

Have a wonderful week and a fabulous 2012!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

REALLY enjoyed this post!! Both entertaining and thought provoking. I agree this should be everyone's business philosophy...to conduct our business with Integrity...and verify everyone else's...juuuust to make sure!

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) over 7 years ago

Thanks Lisa.  Trust, but verify.

Ken - integrity is out there!  We just have to find it.  And like seeks like.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I like to be positive and try to take people and things at face value but I've learned not to expect too much.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 7 years ago

Bryan - so we be careful!  I like face value too and like to expect the best, but, like you, it is not always a good policy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I try to use that caveat all the time, but occasionally I let my faith in people get in the way of it. Sometimes it works in my favour, sometimes not. Here's to a great new year where we can tell the difference more often!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 7 years ago

Well said Professor Jay! I love Reagan's quote, "Trust, but verify." I thinks it sums it up quite well.

 

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

Great post to start the year off with!

I'll remember - "Trust, but verify."

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 7 years ago

I always enjoy reading your posts, Jay.  I agree that you have to be wary everywhere, but the thing that struck me the most about your post is the positive note that it ended on -- that somewhere in the world things are going right.

There are a good many things that we take for granted until we see them fail.  My husband is from Guatemala and every time we visit his family, I come back with a renewed appreciationi of what we enjoy here in the United States. 

For just one example, look at our mail service.  It is AMAZING how well it works!

In  Guatemala City (the capitol and largest city), one of my in-laws stopped receiving mail after someone stole the mailman's bicycle.  They didn't get mail service again until the neighborhood itself bought him a new bicycle (over a year later.)  And no one in their right mind there would ever put a check in the mail.  It would stolen in a heartbeat.   Each bill has to be paid in person, every month. That's days of standing in line every month!

We tend to notice the failures, but we have so much to appreciate.  Libraries, fire departments, public parks, dependable ambulances.  Our telephone system works, we can turn on the tap and get water at any hour of the day, and our bridges rarely collapse.  

While it makes sense to be careful and wary about promised benefits, do stop for a minute and appreciate all of the things we can depend on.  Things work so well that they rarely come to our attention.


 

Posted by Katie Munoz (Moving Forward Inc) over 7 years ago

I like that: trust but verify! That just makes good sense! Hope your 2012 turns out GREAT!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Peg - I am one to trust and not do the verifying too!  But things seem to be sinking fast and I think we need to be wary nonetheless.

Michael - I thought that was a brilliant line.  And Reagan did just that.

DeeDee - that was from Reagan when he "did business," his words, with Gorbachev.  He said we would trust the Russians to live up to their agreements (which they were not very good about doing previously) but would also make sure!

Katie - I served for two years as a missionary in the hills of Ecuador.  There I worked primarily among the "Indians," and lived in a mud hut and learned their language.  I also developed a DEEP appreciation for what we have made for ourselves in the U.S.  Remember, we did this for ourselves.  We are no different than other people(s), we just have a wonderful system which allows us to become what we wish.

People in Ecuador were not very honest either.  Every year I see our children taking for "normal" what I had grown up thinking was deviant.  It seems that people want less and less of the good and more and more of that which brings no value.  Pop culture is more important than culture, if you understand my meaning.

But I am positive because I affiliate with people who really are good, and try to improve as well.  For me this affiliation balances what I see as this sinking of our society.

Thanks Barbara-Jo - not my line - Mr. Reagan's!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Unfortunatly I have noticed myself leaning a bit more to the cautious side, but it's become necessary.  Take nothing at face value anymore :(

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

I hear you Justin.  It's unfortunate, but still, we can verify and keep our eyes open.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I wasn't sure where you were going with this, but you are right.  Reminds me of the old adage regarding marriage... keep both eyes open before, and half-closed after...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Love the break down of a word.  You go into more detail than I do but one who reads your posts would not expect less :)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 7 years ago

How about the most recent example on a massive scale?  The NAR publishing the statement that their housing sales number for the past 5 years were low by about 20%.

Not only did they lose their own institutional integrity, they tainted the integrity of every NAR member.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

How about the most recent example on a massive scale?  The NAR publishing the statement that their housing sales number for the past 5 years were low by about 20%.

Not only did they lose their own institutional integrity, they tainted the integrity of every NAR member.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Thanks Chris.  I never heard the half closed part, but it wouldn't hurt with the ears either...

James - I wasn't trying to do something like your word posts, which I love.  This was more of a rant, with a happy ending!

Lenn - the NAR was the fourth bullet on my list of fake outs.  Some of their numbers were off by 50% I understand, and you are right, everything and everyone gets tainted.  Things hit the fan like they did for Madoff.  The ruse can't last forever.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wow...and I thought I was cynical!  No really, this is well written, informative and thought provoking...what else could one want?

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 7 years ago

Cynical yes, Buddy, but it ends on a positive note!  And don't let the turkeys get you down!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Non illigitimi carborondum.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 7 years ago

Gracias Yolanda.  ¡Ni deje que los pavos le bajen!

That means "don't let the turkeys get you down..."  Same difference!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

It was in keeping with the Latin theme, facetiously.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 7 years ago

That pretty much says it all Yolanda.  You have to wonder how many times Julius Ceasar said to beware of everything and don't let all the jerks get you down.  He probably didn't use the word "bastards," because, well, you know.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Just messing with you Jay. :)

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 7 years ago

I know, but you still have to wonder how many times!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

I came to bury Ceasar, not to wonder... tee hee!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 7 years ago

Veni, vidi, vici...

E tú Yolé?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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